Migori County Governor Okoth Obado has been barred from accessing his office after his release on Ksh 8.75 million cash bail. Giving the ruling today, Anti_corruption Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi said Obado will be escorted to his office to pick his personal belongings, but will not be allowed access to the same office again until the case is finalized.
Obado who has been charged together with his four children, is accused of unlawful acquisition of public funds, in the sum of 73 million shillings from the Migori County government. Investigations have revealed that there were payments made from companies that traded with the Migori County Government between 2013 and 2017 when Mr. Obado served his first term.
Initially, the Prosecution had objected to the release of Obado and his co-accused on bail, on grounds that they are likely to abscond court, as some of his employees are witnesses in the case. However, Lawyer Kioko Kilikumi argued that the accused’s offenses meet bail requirements.
Obado’s co-accuseds, Scarlet Susan has been fined 3m shillings bail or 6 million bond, Zachary Okoth Ksh2m shilling bail or Ksh4 million bond, Jared Peter Odoyo Kwaga Ksh8.25 million bail, Patroba Otieno Ksh6 million bail or Ksh10 million bond, Everlyne Adhiambo Ksh2 million bail or Ksh4 million bond,Christine Ochola Ksh3 million bail or Ksh 6 million bond, Joram Otieno Ksh5.5 million bail or Ksh10 million bond, Penina Auma Ksh2 million bail or Ksh4 million bond and Carolyne Ochola Ksh2 million bail or Ksh4 million bond.
The magistrate also ordered Mr. Obado and his co-accused to deposit their passports with the court.